Central Midlands League, South Division
Aslockton and Orston 2 Linby Colliery Welfare 3 (att 46)
I had completed the full set of Central Midlands League grounds last season, but Aslockton and Orston were one of three new clubs to join for 2017/18 whose grounds I'd not been to.
The club are based at Orston Recreation Ground, a very rural venue that's just outside the village of Orston. It's been used by clubs with various names in recent years, and Aslockton and Orston is a renamed version of Aslockton Cranmers who played here last season.
The new name apparently recognises the support the club has had from the village in which they're (almost) based, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people watching the game. The crowd also included support for Linby, a couple of whose fans who enthusiastically wielded old-fashioned rattles when their team scored.
Their side had to come from behind to win an entertaining game. Linby started the game well enough, but once they went a goal down they looked poor. They were better after the break though, and two second half goals put them ahead.
Aslockton and Orston's young side battled back and managed to level, but it was the visitors who scored a decisive late goal to claim all three points.
A lot of work has gone into turning Orston Recreation Ground into a proper football venue. There's a new clubhouse close to the railed-off pitch, which also has a pair of dugouts and a small covered area with a few chairs inside.